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Ibn Khaldun on Sufism

Ibn Khaldun, Yumna Ozer, tr.




Remedy for the Questioner in Search of Answers

Shifa al-Sa’il li-Tahdhib al-Masa’il


Can the seeker after Truth wholly depend on the guidance found in books on Sufism or are the oral teachings of a spiritual master necessary? This was a heated debate in fourteenth-century Andalusia that extended beyond the confines of Sufi circles. Ibn Khaldun ventured into this debate with a treatise that is as relevant today as it was then.